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The science behind Metis PCA™ fibre: Why it’s more than just a sock material

Unravel the scientific marvel of Metis PCA™ Fibre and its groundbreaking impact on textile technology. Delve into how this innovative fibre brings an unprecedented fusion of comfort, durability, and health benefits, making it more than just another sock material.


 

Introduction: What is Metis PCA™?

Sock materials have come a long way, but none quite like Metis PCA™. Synthesised from polyacrylate (PCA), this innovative fibre combines comfort, durability, and health benefits into an all-in-one package. Metis PCA™ was originally developed in the 1970s and rediscovered by Genelle Coghlan from Colan Australia, who recognized its extraordinary potential. This article will dissect the science behind Metis PCA™ and reveal why it’s revolutionising the sock industry and beyond.

 

The birth of a groundbreaking material

Metis PCA™, developed from synthetic polyacrylate, boasts high-temperature resistance, making it comfortable and high-performing. It is highly cross-linked with a polycarboxylate chemical structure that lends the fibre many of its attributes, such as hydrophilicity, softness, and chemical resistance. What makes Metis Fibre exceptionally unique is its ability to blend easily with other fibres, enhancing fire and smoke performance, and making it cost-effective without compromising on quality.

 

textile fibre under an electron microscope

The highly cross-linked polycarboxylate chemical structure of the polymer matrix gives the fibre many of its properties

 

From accidental discovery to industry disruptor

Genelle Coghlan’s discovery of Metis PCA™ fibre’s non-flammable properties led to the first product, a Personal Protection Bushfire Blanket for Australian emergency services such as NSW Police, NSW Fire & Rescue, NSW Rural Fire Service, and many more across the nation. As she continued to experiment with creating new products with the material such as fire-resistant clothing, she discovered the fibre’s innate antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Subsequent laboratory tests validated these properties and cemented Metis PCA™ as a pioneering material in the technical textile industry.

 

Key properties and applications

 

Antimicrobial and antifungal

Metis PCA™ is naturally resistant to bacteria and fungi. Independent laboratory tests have demonstrated that the fibre is resistant to fungal growth for 28 days and has a 99% reduction rate in bacteria after 24 hours. This is invaluable in preventing foot infections and odour, particularly for those leading an active lifestyle or with specific medical conditions such as athlete’s foot.

 

laboratory samples of antifungal properties

 

Moisture management

The fibre’s ability to wick away moisture is essential for foot health. It helps prevent blisters and keeps feet comfortable, especially during extended periods of wear. The fibre also has the ability to dry much faster than regular fibres (such as cotton and bamboo) when it becomes wet.

 

Thermal regulation

The fibre’s composition enables it to adapt to varying temperatures, ensuring the feet remain cool in hot conditions and warm in colder environments.

 

Comfort

Despite its advanced capabilities, Metis PCA™ fibre is incredibly soft to the touch. The natural softness and breathability add to the overall comfort.

 

Fire resistance

One of the early-discovered attributes of Metis PCA™ Fibre is its flame-resistant nature. It does not burn, melt, or shrink but instead gradually chars. This property has applications beyond socks, including protective garments and fire blankets.

 

Environmental impact

Metis PCA™ fibre is also environmentally safe and safe against harmful substances, having received certification to the European Oeko-Tex standard 100. Its longevity and reduced need for washing contribute to a lower environmental footprint.

 

Broader industry applications

While Akeso Socks are a prime example of consumer products for this special material, Metis PCA™ properties make it ideal for various other applications, including home furnishings, protective garments, sportswear, thermal apparel, medical apparel, bedding furniture, and insulation for buildings – to name only a few. Its excellent heat and chemical resistance, low thermal conductivity, high UV resistance, and antibacterial/antifungal properties make it suitable for a diverse range of applications.

 

Akeso Socks: The future of footwear

Here at Akeso Socks, we have utilised Metis PCA™ to create a product that transcends conventional sock material. With inherent antimicrobial, antifungal, and non-flammable properties, Akeso Socks stand as the epitome of comfort, durability, and health benefits. Named after the Greek goddess of healing, Akeso Socks are not just socks, but a step towards healthier and more comfortable feet.

 

Conclusion

Metis PCA Fibre is redefining the standards for textile materials. With its unmatched properties and versatile applications, it is set to become a staple in the textile industry. Akeso Socks are at the forefront of this revolution, blending science and comfort into an outstanding product. Whether you’re looking for performance, health benefits, or sheer comfort, Metis PCA Fibre is the future



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Medium 6-8 7-9 4-6 36-39
Large 8-10 9-11 6-8 38-41
X-Large 10-12 11-13 8-10 42-44
XX-Large 12-14 13-15 10-12 44-46
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X-Large 8-11 9-12 8-11 42-46
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Knitted 3 layer - R 185mm 140mm
Knitted 3 layer - L 190mm 145mm
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Woven 2 layer - L 280mm 155mm